To earn its keep on my cooktop, a tea kettle must do three things:
- Be as easy to de-scale as it is to fill. This rules out those ridiculous kettles with only a spout.
- Be easy to pour. All of those “helpful” kettles whose handles wobble? OUT. Double-ditto for those ones that leverage gravity so that tilting to pour releases the cap on the spout.
- Alert me to the doneness of water. What the hell’s up with those whistle-free tea kettles? I mean, the non-electric ones? At least with those, you can’t burn the house down. A little “ding” is fine under those circumstances.
Were you to view my own tea kettle—13 years mine, like the apartment—you would see it is missing the half-functional, half-decorative knob atop the cover. This is because when it broke, a mere year after I bought it, and I wrote off for a new one, the company informed me there was no way to obtain a replacement. Planned obsolescence, just like its higher-end cousins. Shameful.
I drink a lot of tea—just ask my dentist—so I have searched high and low for a kettle that meets these criteria, at any (reasonable) price. No luck, so same old kettle. So I’ve just had to use a pliers around de-scaling time, and adopt a wabi-sabi attitude about the rest of it.
Still, when such a small thing to fix is the first thing a company jettisons? Shameful.
This is Day 16 of a 21-day series. For more scoop on the who/what/why, go here.